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# Is kinetic energy conserved in an explosion?

Is kinetic energy conserved in an explosion? Explosions occur when energy is transformed from one kind e.g. chemical potential energy to another e.g. heat energy or kinetic energy extremely quickly. So, like in inelastic collisions, total kinetic energy is not conserved in explosions.

## What happens to kinetic energy lost in inelastic collision?

An inelastic collision is a collision in which there is a loss of kinetic energy. While momentum of the system is conserved in an inelastic collision, kinetic energy is not. This is because some kinetic energy had been transferred to something else. … Such collisions are simply called inelastic collisions.

## What does it mean when kinetic energy is conserved?

An elastic collision is one where kinetic energy is conserved. The masses that collide don’t deform from the collision nor do they stick together. An example of this would be pool balls colliding. Inelastic collisions occur when masses collide and stick together and/or there is deformation of either or both masses.

## Is momentum conserved when a bomb explodes?

The total momentum of an isolated system of objects remains constant. In other words, the sum of the momenta before a collision or explosion () equals the sum of the momenta after a collision or explosion (). In any collision or explosion, the total momentum is always conserved.

## Can all kinetic energy be lost in a collision?

Can all the kinetic energy be lost in the collision? Yes, all the kinetic energy can be lost if the two masses come to rest due to the collision (i.e., they stick together). Describe a system for which momentum is conserved but mechanical energy is not.

## Do objects stick together in an inelastic collision?

People sometimes think that objects must stick together in an inelastic collision. However, objects only stick together during a perfectly inelastic collision. Objects may also bounce off each other or explode apart, and the collision is still considered inelastic as long as kinetic energy is not conserved.

## Can kinetic energy increase after collision?

As a result of a collision the kinetic energy of the particles involved in the collision generally change. … The collision can vary between an elastic collision where the total kinetic energy is conserved and a totally inelastic collision where the total kinetic energy is zero after the collision.

## How do you find the loss of kinetic energy in an inelastic collision?

Inelastic collisions

1. Concepts: Momentum conservation.
2. Reasoning: In an inelastic collision kinetic energy is not conserved, but momentum is conserved.
3. Details of the calculation: m

1

u

1

= (m

1

+ m

2

)v. E

f

= ½ (m

1

+ m

2

)v

2

, E

i

= ½ m

1

u

1

2

. Fraction of energy lost = (E

i

– E

f

)/E

i

= 1 – m

1

/(m

1

+ m

2

) = m

2

/(m

1

+ m

2

).

## How do you know if kinetic energy is conserved in a collision?

If the kinetic energy is the same, then the collision is elastic. If the kinetic energy changes, then the collision is inelastic regardless of whether the objects stick together or not. In either case, for collisions with no external forces, momentum is conserved.

## What happens when kinetic energy is not conserved?

The total system kinetic energy before the collision equals the total system kinetic energy after the collision. If total kinetic energy is not conserved, then the collision is referred to as an inelastic collision.

## Why is momentum conserved but not kinetic energy?

Momentum is conserved, because the total momentum of both objects before and after the collision is the same. However, kinetic energy is not conserved. Some of the kinetic energy is converted into sound, heat, and deformation of the objects.

## What will be the change in momentum and kinetic energy when a bomb explodes in air?

When there is a bomb explosion, the momentum and kinetic energy are zero before the explosion. Thus the total momentum must remain zero, but the kinetic energy clearly increases after the explosion.

## Is momentum conserved in an elastic collision?

Elastic collisions are collisions in which both momentum and kinetic energy are conserved. The total system kinetic energy before the collision equals the total system kinetic energy after the collision. … The total system momentum is conserved.

## Can kinetic energy increase after collision?

Collisions are considered inelastic when kinetic energy is not conserved, but this could be from either a loss or gain or kinetic energy. For example, in an explosion-type collision, the kinetic energy increases.

## How do you prove an inelastic collision?

If objects stick together, then a collision is perfectly inelastic. When objects don’t stick together, we can figure out the type of collision by finding the initial kinetic energy and comparing it with the final kinetic energy. If the kinetic energy is the same, then the collision is elastic.

## What happens when two objects collide?

In a collision between two objects, both objects experience forces that are equal in magnitude and opposite in direction. Such forces often cause one object to speed up (gain momentum) and the other object to slow down (lose momentum).

## When two objects collide and stick together what will happen to their speed?

An inelastic one-dimensional two-object collision. Momentum is conserved, but internal kinetic energy is not conserved. (a) Two objects of equal mass initially head directly toward one another at the same speed. (b) The objects stick together (a perfectly inelastic collision), and so their final velocity is zero.

## What happens to kinetic energy after a collision?

The other quantity that can be transferred in a collision is kinetic energy. … Momentum is conserved, because the total momentum of both objects before and after the collision is the same. However, kinetic energy is not conserved. Some of the kinetic energy is converted into sound, heat, and deformation of the objects.

## Why does kinetic energy increase in a collision?

The most energy in an inelastic collision is lost if the two colliding objects stick together and act as one object with a mass that is the sum of the two masses. Such a collision deforms the objects, which causes the loss in kinetic energy and an equal increase in heat.

## What is kinetic energy formula?

In classical mechanics, kinetic energy (KE) is equal to half of an object’s mass (1/2*m) multiplied by the velocity squared. For example, if a an object with a mass of 10 kg (m = 10 kg) is moving at a velocity of 5 meters per second (v = 5 m/s), the kinetic energy is equal to 125 Joules, or (1/2 * 10 kg) * 5 m/s2.

## What happens to the kinetic energy?

Kinetic energy is the energy an object has because of its motion. … After work has been done, energy has been transferred to the object, and the object will be moving with a new constant speed. The energy transferred is known as kinetic energy, and it depends on the mass and speed achieved.

## How do you find the change in kinetic energy of a collision?

Collisions in One Dimension

1. Mass m

1

= kg , v

1

= m/s.
2. Mass m

2

= kg , v

2

= m/s.
3. Initial momentum p = m

1

v

1

+ m

2

v

2

= kg m/s .
4. Initial kinetic energy KE = 1/2 m

1

v

1

2

+ 1/2 m

2

v

2

2

= joules.
5. Then the velocity of mass m

2

is v’

2

= m/s.
6. because the final momentum is constrained to be p’ = m

1

v’

1

+ m

2

v’

2

= kg m/s .

## What happens to energy when two objects collide?

As you can see, when objects collide, or bump into each other, it causes the objects’ energy to move and change. Objects that have potential energy, or stored energy, are set into motion through collision, and the energy transfers into kinetic energy, the energy of an object in motion.

## Can total kinetic energy ever be higher after a collision than before?

When is the kinetic energy after a collision more than the kinetic energy before the collision? – Quora. Total energy after a collision can never be more than before the collision due to conservation of energy.